Raw honey is one of nature’s most powerful and versatile remedies – even for dogs! This article from Whole Dog Journal explains how you can use raw honey on your dog for these various ailments.
- Local Raw Honey Relieves Dogs’ Skin Allergies
Medical research supports the use of local honey to combat environmental allergies. “Local” honey contains tiny amounts of the pollen in your area, so that when your dog ingests it, his body can adjust to the potential allergens gradually which should help prevent a full-blown allergy attack. Hint: Be sure you’re dealing with an environmental allergic reaction, and not a food sensitivity. The Glacier Peak Wellness Assessment Kit can help you to identify this.
- Raw Honey Helps Dogs with Kennel Cough
For many years, honey has been used as a solution for soothing irritated throats and coughs. For kennel cough, you can use local honey, but Manuka honey may be your best choice. This honey is made by bees in New Zealand, and has the highest antibacterial properties of any honey in the world.
- Raw Honey Heals Minor Topical Wounds
Manuka honey is also a top choice for a natural wound dressing. In fact, Manuka honey is FDA-approved for use on human burn patients. Honey’s natural antibacterial properties reduce the chance of infection, protects the injured area, and keeps the area moist and clean to promote healing.
After cleaning the room, spread on a thick layer of honey and then apply a light bandage, if necessary. Make sure your dog cannot lick the area.
- Raw Honey Reduces Gastrointestinal Upset in Dogs
For minor bouts of an upset stomach or diarrhea that might come from something simple, such as your dog feasting on fresh grass, a couple of doses of honey may help quiet and soothe his GI tract. Some veterinarians suggest honey to help control minor stomach ulcers, since honey’s natural antibacterial properties can help destroy bacteria that may be causing the ulcer. You should always seek veterinary advice in an ongoing stomach issues.
- Honey Can Give Dogs More Energy
Honey is a sugar, and sugar boosts energy. Anecdotal evidence shows that honey helps many older dogs regain some sort of their former spunk and drive. Some owners of canine athletes use honey to promote energy, endurance, and vitality.